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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Up, Up, and Away

As I placed my well-used luggage in the driveway this morning for pick-up by charity, I plucked this worn tag off the handle of the largest suitcase and felt a few pangs of nostalgia remembering those long ago days of airports, jets, baggage, and adventure. Yes, I have morphed from  tourist and stewardess flight attendant into this contented homebody with scrapbook pages filled with jaunts to far away places.

I didn't last long as an employee of Pan Am, only a little over a year. Marriage beckoned. However, I did manage to cram a lot of travel, on the job and off,  into those few months. Though I spent much of my time flying the Pacific en route to Vietnam, the bane of a junior employee with no bid line power, I did manage to scrounge up some magnificent trips.



Egypt with Mom

Now the view is quite different, as I relax on my deck with a good book in hand.


 Do I miss those days? No. I don't even have a current passport anymore. But I do have the memories of the night lights of Tokyo, the beauty of the Eiffel Tower, the art of Florence, the picturesque canals of Venice, the changing of the guard in London, the stunning harbour of Sydney, all beautifully captured in the pages of my scrapbooks... along with many other glorious sights of those travel times.

So wonderful. But I will never like camels.


  1. what great memories......

    how LUCKY you were to travel... but i like being HOME too

    happy to see you today at farmmhouse kitchen, my friend

    it's always a pleasure to see you

    sending love.
    kary and teddy

  2. Goodness I didn't realise you were a flight attendance. So weird how they wouldn't take married women in those days, then I guess it's a single life really. Lovely memories although I've never been able to cure my wonder lust. I'm grounded only by lack of funds.

  3. I remember Pan Am, and the days when air travel was exciting and glamorous. Now it's just tedious and difficult, served up with a healthy dose of cattle car flavor. I'm glad you got a little time to enjoy it at its best.

  4. You look so cute in your uniform! Love the photo of you and your mom in front of the pyramids - with the mandatory camel!

  5. How exciting to travel to so many wonderful places! You look so pretty in your uniform : )

  6. oh wow. what an adventure that must have been...i traveled for 3 years...sunday thru was cool while it lasted but i had more important things to do...


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